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White Widow

White Widow
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Copyright: Jannie Maritz (Jannie) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 6 N: 264] (1227)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-01-31
Categories: Spiders
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 3100, Zoom Nikkor 5.8-17.4mm / 1 : 2.8-4.9, Digital JPEG
Exposure: f/5.6
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-02-10 10:04
Viewed: 26035
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Thomisdae, or Crab spiders are the masters of ambush and disguise. This large family includes 37 genera in South Africa and many more in other countries except the arctic areas.

They are called crab spiders because of their crab-like appearance and sideways motion. They occur more commonly on plants, sometimes under rocks and are harmless to man.

They are brightly coloured (white yellow, pink or pale green or white).

The most conspicuous genus, Thomisus (the Flower Crab Spider, is short and squat, ranging in size from 3-11mm. Its glabrous integument (exoskeleton) is cryptically coloured, taking on the colour of its surroundings. Thomisus stenningi in the Western Cape is able to undergo white to yellow colour changes. This colour change facilitates camouflage on flower ambush sites and is completed within 2 days. Other species turn pink and appear to remain this colour.

While colour patterns are species specific, colours can vary. The first and second pairs of legs are noticeably longer and thicker than the last 2 pairs. The abdomen is triangular in shape, being widest in the posterior. Its lateral eyes are situated on projections.

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  • Great 
  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2006-02-10 10:29]

Good macro Jannie, good composition and colors. Very sharp too. Thanks,


Very appealing close up, Jannie.
Action photographer's POV. Delicious colours, exposure very well handled. Sharpness fine for a shot from such a close distance. Strong impact. Both frightening, and enchanting.
Very good contribution. Well done. Thank you! Peter

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  • honza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 533 W: 0 N: 720] (4197)
  • [2006-02-10 10:34]

Nice photo of the crab spider. Very good composition, details and colors.

hi jannie
ces trois couleurs forment une agreable photo.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2006-02-10 14:56]

Hello Jannie, good shot. The composition is lovely and the colours are very good. It is a little overexposed on the head and maybe a wee bit soft in focus, otherwise very nice. Well done.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2006-02-10 15:01]

Jannie, I think it's really great.

Excellent colors and contrast. I like pov and composition too.

A really very nice photo. Congratulations.

Olá Jannie,
ótima foto, as cores estão fantásticas, detalhes muito bons! Parabéns

Francisco Sales

Nice capture Jannie,
Good detail, colours and sharpness.
Composition and exposure are good. Good POV and framing.
Thanks for posting, have a great weekend

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-02-11 2:54]

A superb shot, Jannie.
What a strange looking spider. Amazing color!
Very sharp details and interesting and unusual POV.
Bravo and TFS. : )

Great macro shot Jannie, great sharpness, details and colours/lighting, nice POV too! This is a great composition. Thank you.

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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2006-02-11 13:12]

Hi Jannie,
Very nice composition and the colours are great,
excellent capture!
Thanks for sharing!

I beg to differ about being harmless to man. When I was about 10, I had a white crab spider nestled comfortably in the white lining of my swimsuit and got chomped on the keester when I put it on! YOWZA! IT HURT! He scampered off, but I clearly got the 'make' and 'model' as he egressed into some nearby bushes.

Anyway, great shot!

nice spider and details!
The shot have great details!

Hi Jannie,
I like your composition of the White Widow. Sharpness is good and also the colours are fresh and natural. Well done.
TFS and regards, Ruud

Great capture, Jannie!!!

Hi Jannie

Colourful, interesting, beautiful presentation!



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